Tighten your Laces and Plan a Hiking Vacation to Maine Plan a Maine hiking trip and take the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit Challenge for some of the best hikes in Maine. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Feature photo courtesy of Bradley Randall Photography. With New England experiencing an unusually warm fall, now is the best time to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Maine, from the gorgeous coastline to its plentiful mountains and lakes. Maine is certainly one of our favorite states to visit in the winter and summer, but autumn is when its glorious colors really shine. So forget the half-marathon or those destination races, trade in your running shoes for hiking boots and take the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit challenge. Photo courtesy of Cait Bourgault Photography There are thousands of miles of hiking trails in Maine, for beginner to experts. From scenic day hiking past waterfalls to adventurous backpacking trips through the mountains to fun hiking options for kids, there truly is a trail for everyone seeking outdoor adventure. But for those that want a challenge and like to turn a vacation into an adventure, the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit offers the perfect itinerary for a hiking vacation. This six-mountain hiking challenge in the Moosehead Lake Region of Maine includes: Mount Kineo, Number Four Mountain, Whitecap Mountain, Eagle Rock, Big Moose Mountain, and Borestone Mountain. Each mountain offers its own panoramic views from every corner of the region. Six Hikes in Maine – Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit Mount Kineo – located in the middle of Moosehead Lake, Mount Kineo has a 763-foot sheer cliff. You can see one of the world’s largest masses of rhyolite, a light-colored volcanic rock. This is a 3.8 mile round trip hike with a 737′ ascent. You will need to take a 10-minute ferry from Rockwood Town Landing to Kineo. Number Four Mountain – this trail begins off the privately-owned, but publicly accessible Meadow Brook Road. There is a parking area just past the trailhead on the right. This is a 3.3 mile round trip hike with a 1373′ ascent. Whitecap Mountain – Whitecap is nearly about an hour north of Greenville and is one of the longer hikes at 6.5 miles roundtrip and a 1909′ ascent. Eagle Rock – Eagle Rock is the longest hike, at 6.8 miles round trip and an ascent of 897′. Big Moose Mountain – close to Eagle Rock, Big Moose Mountain is 4 miles round trip with a 1647′ ascent. Borestone Mountain – Borestone Mountain is also a Maine Audubon sanctuary, so no dogs are allowed on this trail and a small fee is charged seasonally at the Welcome Center. This is a 3.5 mile round trip with a 962′ ascent. Photo courtesy of Angela Arno Hikers that finish all six hikes become registered members of the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit — and also earn massive bragging rights. There are even three additional badges to collect: Ultra, Winter, and Winter Ultra. To register for the challenge, or to download the trail guide, visit http://mooseheadpinnaclepursuit.com. Photo courtesy of Kineo The Moosehead Lake region is home to Maine’s largest lake. Moosehead Lake is 40 miles long and 20 minutes wide. As the name suggests, in addition to its beautiful views, it is also an ideal location to spot moose. During the “Moosemania” festival in the spring, you may see hundreds of moose. Guides are also available to lead moose safaris. In addition to hiking, visitors to the Moosehead Lake region can enjoy fishing and camping, or in the winter they can take part in dog sledding, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. Greenville is the region’s largest town, offering inn or bed & breakfast accommodation options. But the truly adventurous may want to have a seaplane ferry them to a remote campsite. So are you ready to lace up your hiking shoes and hit the trails? With so many trails to choose from in Maine, you can mix hiking with a visit to the coast, mountains, or lakes. If you take the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit challenge, please drop me a line and let me know how it goes so I can cheer you on! PIN THIS FOR LATER Photo courtesy of Kelsey Gayle Photography Schedule Schedule Schedule SaveSave SaveSave SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave Find this useful? Share it! Pin Share Tweet Flipboard WhatsApp Email Written by We3Travel and was last updated on October 2, 2018. Read more about United States, Destinations, Adventure Travel, Maine Related Posts Planning a Scenic New England Road Trip on a Budget Skiing Near Boston: 25 Mountains within a 3-hour Drive 20 Cool Spots to go Glamping in New England 4 Comments on “Tighten your Laces and Plan a Hiking Vacation to Maine” Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name * Email * This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Hi there! Thanks for Sharing the MPP – it’s a Fun hiking challenge that gets people to explore the Moosehead region and take in some awesome vies. I’m actually the girl hiking in the top Picture. Can you please Properly credit the Photo to Bradley Randall Photography? Thank you! Reply Yes, I’ll make that change right away, I wasn’t informed previously. Just the top photo? Reply Yes thank you! I’m not sure who took the other photos but I think I recognize them from the Alpine Women Collective. Reply They were provided to me by Visit Maine, so I assumed they had the rights. I’ll ask if any other credit is needed. Thanks!! Reply Get your free Family Vacation Planning Kit Sign up for our newsletter and receive a Family Vacation Planning Kit! We3Travel.com will use the information you provide on this form to send you newsletters. 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